Maastricht University (MU) and Bright Lands Materials Center (BMC) start Europe’s largest bioprinting research program.
The research focusses on the biomedical application in regenerative medicine in Europe. Regenerative medicine is the regeneration of cells, tissues and organs.
MU and BMC take on the challenges of the technology, with the ultimate goal to be able to apply it in the medical world. MU and BMC work along with other public and private partners such as DSM and TNO.
Testing skeletal applications
MU and BMC will investigate the various processes in Bioprinting technologies. Lorenzo Moroni, MU: “We want to test skeletal applications in clinical programs and produce a first functioning prototype for heart and kidney regeneration that can be subjected to pre-clinical evaluation. This allows us to create new bioactive materials for skeletal, cardiac or renal regeneration.”
The reason for this partnership is a number of challenges they we re facing in the world of 3D printing and bioprinting. MU and BMC want to convert these challenges into solutions and facilitate hospitals with new applications.
Knowledge of materials and industrial opportunities
“The knowledge and skills of MU in combination with the knowledge of materials and industrial capabilities of BMC make our partnership a perfect match. Together we can provide solutions that can be used in clinical practice. At the same time we can make a contribution to offer to industrial development and new product lines to the companies associated with BMC. Sustainable public-private partnerships in which scholars work closely with the industry needed to change the health care of tomorrow, “said Marnix van Gurp, Managing Director of BMC, and Lorenzo Moroni.
The initiative is anchored in a region where regional and European projects have been launched. MU is working on projects in the field of biofabrication technologies and the Bright Lands Chemelot campus runs several projects that have to do with bioprinting. A further expansion of the cooperation with the neighboring institutes of Leuven and Aachen makes this region the focus of new initiatives in this field.